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Captain Bialar Crais
Voice of Dominar Rygel XVI
Charrid Leader 2
Voice of Pilot
Common side effects from radiation poisoning are hair loss and rashes/burns on the skin, but Crichton appears to exhibit none of these symptoms. Instead, his complexion is rather pasty in appearance, and he has kept all of his hair. Perhaps this is a kind of radiation that affects human physiology in a different way than the radiation typically found in Earth's environs.
Nitpick: When Jack dies, he morphs back into his normal form, the same that he showed Furlow in the previous episode. But this is different than the appearance he assumed in the first season episode "A Human Reaction", when John asked Jack to show him what he really looked like. In that episode his body was much more frail, and his mouth had articulated mandibles that he used when speaking.
We finally get our first glimpse of the thing that has been driving Scorpius- the wormhole weapon, and it proves enormously destructive.
Crais and Talyn have begun to regain their vision.
Scarrans are notoriously hard to kill. It took two of Talyn's guns, with the Scarran held in place, on continuous fire to take him down.
Crichton, with the unlocked wormhole secrets, could have gone home, and Aeryn would have gone with him.
Goof: There's a continuity error when images appear as Crichton remembers how the wormhole technology works. An image is shown of Crichton preparing to unlock the equations for Scorpius (from "Incubator"), yet that Crichton was the one inside Scorpius' chip.
Crichton: Jack, what the hell are we building?
Jack: A displacement engine.
Crichton: Yeah... Whatever it is will take out a Scarran dreadnought?
Crichton: And then?
Jack: What do you mean?
Crichton: I mean, how far are you gonna take this? Is this the end, or are you gonna try to put all the toothpaste back in the tube?
Jack: I doubt that's possible.
Crichton: But you're gonna give it the ol' college try, aren't you? You're gonna kill me, Furlow, and Aeryn.
Jack: Aeryn poses no threat. Furlow... I'm uncertain.
Crichton: And what about me?
Jack: I no longer doubt your intentions, John.
Aeryn: (to a Charrid as he crawls towards his gun) Run away... be smart... run away! (he grabs the gun, and she shoots him) Should have run.
Crichton: (as the Ancients' knowledge suddenly unlocks in his mind) I got it, Aeryn, I got it! It all fits, everything fits, I know how to do this! I can build this thing- I know what it does!
Aeryn: Can it destroy the dreadnought?
Crichton: Um, it could destroy a planet...
Stark: (after the dreadnought is destroyed) I have no prayer for that.
Aeryn: (sad, and helpless now that Crichton is dying) I'm very angry.
Crichton: Me too.
Aeryn: We had good times.
Crichton: I wouldn't change it for the world. (Aeryn touches his cheek tenderly) You made me a better person.
Aeryn: (smiling) That wasn't hard. (Crichton smiles and offers a slight chuckle. Aeryn's smile falls) I love you. So much.
Crichton: (turning to Aeryn) I love you.
Aeryn: I would've gone to Earth.
Crichton: I'm sorry you never got to meet my dad. My real dad. I'm sorry I never met your dad. I'm sorry about a lot of things.
Aeryn: Don't be. I don't want you to go that way.
Crichton: I won't. (he shows discomfort) Ugh.
Aeryn: (concerned) What?
Crichton: (labored) They say a lucky or unambitious man goes when he's ready. That said... Scorpius is gone, I'm at peace, I don't hurt. I... I did some good things. (Aeryn nods) I'm proud of my life... when I'm with you. (Aeryn smiles and begins to cry as she strokes his cheek. Then she moves in front of Crichton and kisses him tenderly at first and then more passionately and deeply) Don't worry about me. I've never felt better.
Crais: The... radiation sickness treatments from Talyn's emergency kits should...
Crichton: (labored) Relax. That was a big hit. Nothing to be done. And I hate long good-byes.
Crais: Your sacrifice... does not go unnoted, Commander.
Crichton: (labored) Crais... you... find the better part of yourself. You... have to take care of them.
Crais: I will. I, uh, hope you can believe that. Good-bye, Crichton.
(Crichton nods weakly and Crais departs)
Crichton: (labored) Hey, hey, hey... Sparky.
Rygel: They say... it's not good.
Crichton: Sparky, come here. My stuff... you can't have it.
(Crichton chuckles softly and Rygel laughs measuredly. Crichton coughs.)
Rygel: It will be hard not to think of you.
Crichton: I'm gonna miss you, Dominar.
Crichton: There's my flare. Mama Crichton's baby boy making wormholes.
Furlow: Don't be the hero John. Always be the one to walk away while the hero dies. That's my motto.
Crichton: It doesn't work?
Aeryn: Uh huh.
Crichton: How the hell could we have the only gun on the planet that doesn't work?
Aeryn: It's your fault.
Crichton: My fault?!
Aeryn: Well you know if I was here on my own it would have been working right now.
Furlow: OK, we use this box to stop them, but later we talk business.
Crichton: You help me and I will make you Miss 21st Century Wormhole.
Crichton: Is it always about the money?
Furlow: Is there anything else? I mean, how much sex can you have?
Crichton: I don't know, I haven't maxed out yet.
Crais: Scarran dreadnought, this is Captain Bialar Crais, Peacekeeper. Approach any closer- you will be engaged, and destroyed!
Stark: They must be terrified.
The race between the dune buggies was originally scripted as battle between fighter craft in space, before it was decided that it would be better to have more of the action take place actually on the planet.
One of the Farscape DVD's covering the Farscape Facts as an extra feature state this is Kent McCord's first on-screen death since something like the 1960s. In Airplane 2 he plays Navigator Dave Unger who gets sucked out of the airlock, but his actual demise is not shown.
Anthony Simcoe and Gigi Edgley are credited but do not appear. Lani Tupu is listed in the closing credits as voicing Pilot, but Pilot does not appear in this episode.
Crichton: Don't worry about me. I've never felt better.
"I've never felt better" were the last words of the famous Black & White movie star Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
This episode, "Icarus Abides", and the previous episode, "Daedalus Demands" are loosely related to the mythology of Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus was a great inventor, who eventually created his greatest invention only to be trapped in it (very similar to what happens to Furlow with the Wormhole). Icarus, who was the son of Daedalus, was also trapped with his father. The two titles are a slight jibe when you take into the dual meaning of abides. Daedalus was the father of Icarus, so if Daedalus demanded, his son Icarus would abide (comply). Abides also means to stay behind which is a reference to the fact that Daedalus created another invention to escape his prison but the invention killed Icarus by accident.
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